Skip to main content

Full text of "Long Lance"

See other formats


which adorned their heads. They all had their
old war wounds freshly painted on their bodies,
according to the custom of Indians on festive
occasions. Some of these wounds were so cleverly
reproduced that one could not tell them from the
original gaping wounds over which they were
painted. They also had the terrible scars of the
Sun Dance reproduced on their chests in all their
bloody detail,

It was an imposing assemblage of old-time war-
riors. There were 'three-feather' men and 'four-
feather5 men and £war-bonnet' men; there were
chiefs and medicine-men galore. A three-feather
man was one who had killed three men in battle
and was entitled to wear three eagle feathers
tipped with red horse-hair dangling from the
crown of his head. Those who had killed more
than four men on the war-path were wearing their
war-bonnets of many eagle feathers made into an
elaborate head-dress. The warriors wore other
feathers in their hair to show how many times they
had been wounded. One eagle feather split down
the centre meant that the wearer had been
wounded once by an arrow. An eagle feather
with a red ball painted on it meant that the
wearer had been wounded once by a bullet.
Some of the warriors wore many of these feathers,
showing that they had been wounded many times.
All of the fifteen warriors who were to take part